My most recent dietary goal this month has been to try harder to stick to my 5 a day, as I realised I was very far off from eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. It certainly wasn’t for my lack of love for all things vegetables as I am a sucker for big veggie dishes, but it was more due to the lack of fresh fruits I could find on my doorstep.
As I was sharing my worry for the lack of greens I was eating to my colleagues, they introduced to me this new concept they themselves had recently took on, of vegetable subscriptions boxes. Not only are they a great way to guarantee you eat plenty of healthy fruits and veg, they can also be a great source of inspiration to try new recipes. See a lot of those boxes come with recipes, but also introduce new produce you wouldn’t normally find at your local Tesco, therefore forcing (or helping) you to get a bit more creative in the kitchen.
The only issue was however, that there were so many difference boxes on the market that deliver to your doorstep on either a weekly, bi weekly or monthly schedule, that it was hard to pick the best one. So I decided to try a good variety of 3 vegetable boxes that delivered to London to compare the quality of their produce, value for money and delivery quality.
My personal favourite is Oddbox, a company that is on a mission to make sure that fruits and vegetables don’t go to waste due to minor imperfections. See, it has been proven that people in supermarkets choose their greens based on the way they look, which means that tomatoes with an extra bump, or apples that don’t look as green are often left behind. Which is why Oddbox is an amazing concept that snaps up the surplus of what you could call wonky fruits and veg directly from the supplier, to your kitchen (or doorstep you could say). They deliver across London and their boxes start at £9. Their produce is good quality, and their boxes come with their weekly newsletter that include inspired recipes. The only downside? They deliver over night which means you’ll need somewhere safe for them to put it when you are sound asleep.
If your biggest worry is not knowing where your products come from, then Riverford Organic is the company for you. Riverford is an organic farm and organic fruit and vegetable (meat and fish as well) delivery company founded by Guy Singh-Watson, who first started his business by delivering boxes to his family and friends around Devon. Since 2018, Riverford delivers around 45,000 boxes per week across the UK and let me tell you, their products are some of the tastiest I have ever tried. All of their produce is organic, and you can also order meat boxes, wine, dairy and more! Their weekly newsletter also includes some company news and fun facts about their business which, we’re sure, you’ll soon enough get addicted to! Best thing yet? You’ll get seasonal fruit and vegetable that will help you keep your recipes varied from comfort winter soups, to fresh and tasty summer salads.
Have you noticed how hard it is to find tasty tomatoes and strawberries around London? Which is another reason why we love this somewhat new system of getting produce from local UK farms right to our plates, and why The Veg Box Company is the latest box we ordered. Their produce grows in Lancashire, and the farm has been growing crops for years. The company specialises in fresh fruits (their strawberries are to die for) but also has a large variety of fruit and veg to order from. Although some of their produce comes from outside their family-owned farms, they still are from around the area and support local communities. All of their boxes are delivered within 24 hours, and if you’re lucky to live in the area you might get yours within 6 hours. The only downside is that the delivery is not free if you live outside their local district, but it will be worth it, trust us!